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Old January 23rd, 2004, 02:47 PM   #1
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"Self-Theorizing Media," the timely new essay by Nick Rombes, is a searing indictment of the current state of digital filmmaking.

"Does the cycle of incorporation and commodification come so quickly on the heels of the avant-garde today that we are left with the stultifying aura of 'history' surrounding such movements as Dogme 95?"

Even more provocatively, Rombes argues that the U.S. Department of Defense is fulfilling the potential of DV technology, leaving artists and storytellers to wither in dry conventionality.

"How, well-meaning theorists might ask, has it come to pass that the most startling cinema of the year 2003 was the film of the captured Saddam Hussein in what looked like the prologue to a snuff film, recorded on a Sony PD-150, the camera of choice for the U.S. military in Iraq?"

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